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What They Said: Read Eric Wood's statement regarding his career-ending neck injury

Eric Wood's statement on Jan. 29 at the Buffalo Bills' ADPRO Sports Fieldhouse

Sorry for the delay, and thank you to everyone who came out today.

This press conference was set up a couple of weeks ago in light of me finding out about the injury an hour before my son, Garrett, was born.

As many of you already know, given the leak on Friday, Dr. [Andrew] Cappuccino has informed me that I will no longer be able to play football given the neck injury. Even with further treatment, rehab or surgery, a return is not possible.

In Week Five, I got the first stinger of my life and I got one the following week. After that game, we did an x-ray on my neck that showed no significant damage.

After the season, as part of the exit physical, we got an MRI that revealed a disc that was dangerously close to my spinal cord at C2-C3, and that was alarming. As you can imagine, this news floored me as I was merely days away from the first playoff game of my career.

Although I will no longer be cleared to play football, I am still on the Bills’ roster and look forward to helping out the team in some capacity.

Thanks to everyone who supported me throughout my career and because of that, I am here today.

I’m sure there are a lot of unanswered questions, and I hope to address those at a later date.

Thanks, and go Bills.

Provided by the Buffalo Bills.

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